Leftover Turkey Recipes

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Leftover turkey is inevitable during the holidays, but it means that we can make all of our favorite leftover turkey recipes for weeks to come (YAY!!)! Since we create a feast at Thanksgiving, roasted turkey and of course stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn casserole and other favorites,  we always have a ton of leftovers to bring home!

I have compiled a list of the best leftover turkey recipes, so you can ensure that delicious turkey doesn’t go to waste. So if you’re wondering what to do with leftover turkey, look no further! Whether you want to completely recreate a new recipe like turkey soup or keep it simple with a hot turkey sandwich, don’t waste a single piece of that delicious turkey!

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What To Do With Leftover Turkey

The great thing about roasting turkey or turkey breasts is that it’s cooked once and then you have easy prep for days (or weeks to come)! I personally try to use every bit of the turkey from the neck and backbone (that I remove when I make spatchcock turkey) to the bones after for making turkey broth for soup.

Here are some of our top recipes to make with leftover turkey!

How to Store Leftover Turkey

According to The Food Network, there are a few ways to properly store your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

Storing leftover turkey is totally dependant on what you intend to do with it.

  • Making stock? You need to save the bones and remove the meat.
  • Making leftover turkey stacks? Keep the turkey sliced or shred them.
  • Turkey soup? I like to cube my leftover turkey.

Think about the recipes you are hoping to make, and get the turkey prepared accordingly.

How Long is Leftover Turkey Good For

Regardless of how you intend to use it, store leftover turkey meat and bones separately in airtight containers or zippered bags. This will help keep it fresh as long as possible.

  • In the fridge, the leftover turkey should last 3-5 days.
  • In the freezer, it should last for up to a month if frozen. Perfect when you intend to use it later!

When reheating, make sure you only reheat what you’re eating, not a big portion at once. We love to portion out our turkey in smaller sizes before freezing so we can easily take out a portion at a time!

What to Make With Leftover Turkey

When it comes to leftover turkey ideas there is no shortage. Especially when you consider that almost every recipe made with chicken is great with turkey too! A delicious turkey pot pie or turkey salad sandwich are just some of the delicious ways to use it.

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Leftover Turkey Soups & Chili:

Bell warming soups are a great way to enjoy leftover turkey and they are so easy to make. Perfect for the cooler months, toss them in the crockpot or make them on the stove for a quick and easy meal! Serve with some dinner rolls or a thick slice of garlic bread to soak up every last drop!

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Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipes

Casseroles are my favorite, easy to make ahead of time, low on dishes, and belly-warming for sure!  Most Chicken Casserole recipes start with cooked chicken and it can almost always be substituted for cooked turkey (which is a big part of the reason I cook more turkey than I need).

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Leftover Turkey Salads & Sandwiches

Leftover turkey is, of course, great for meals like soups and casseroles but it makes for a great lunch too! We use it in place of chicken in our favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches and add it to Dill Pickle Pasta Salad for a hearty meal! My absolute favorite way to enjoy leftover turkey is as a hot turkey sandwich though (recipe below)!

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Review Recipe

Hot Turkey Sandwich

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Author Holly Nilsson
Hot Turkey Sandwich is one of our favorite parts of a turkey dinner! It's easy to make and quick to get on the table! If you have leftover mashed potatoes or stuffing, heat them up and add them in as well!


  • 4 slices bread any kind
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ⅓ cup gravy leftover, canned, or homemade gravy
  • 10 ounces turkey leftover or sliced deli turkey

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  • Heat gravy in a small saucepan until boiling.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and add turkey slices. Cook until heated through, 3-5 minutes.
  • Toast bread, spread with mayonnaise. Top with turkey slices and extra gravy.

Recipe Notes

If desired, replace the bread with leftover mashed potatoes. Combine 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes and 2 eggs. Form into 4 patties and fry in butter or olive oil until crisp on each side.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 426, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1333mg, Potassium: 327mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 56IU, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword hot turkey sandwich
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
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  1. Great ideas! It looks like I’m getting snowed in instead of the grocery shopping that I was planning tomorrow. I guess it’s a good thing that Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are so versatile! We will be enjoying them for another day or two.5 stars